This is a list of the OPIRG-Toronto action groups for the September 2017-August 2018 term. Please contact them if you are interested in getting involved with the work they do, or contact us at opirg.toronto(at)gmail.com if you have any questions.
FILIPINO CANADIAN YOUTH ALLIANCE – UKPC
UKPC/FCYA-ON (Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance/Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada—Ontario) is a progressive Filipino Canadian youth and students organization that is committed to educating, organizing and mobilizing Filipino Canadian youth as a transformative and dynamic force that will nurture the new path towards the Filipino Canadian community’s just and genuine settlement and integration in Canadian society. It was established in 2001, under the guidance of the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario, with the realization that the community’s long history of struggle and resistance must be passed on to the youth as they represent the future leaders of the growing Filipino Canadian community.
In collaboration with the member organizations of the Magkaisa Centre, UKPC -ON continually leads various community-based projects aimed at breaking the cycle of the community’s marginalization. They have deepened their understanding of the community’s issues by leading a series of educational, research and arts and culture activities, including the Anti-Racism Education Research Project, the first-ever community-based research led by the youth for the youth that examines their experiences in the education system. UKPC-ON continues to connect and network with other organizations within and outside of the community by establishing clubs and conducting outreaching activities on university campuses. UKPC -ON has also engaged with policymakers, academics and politicians to raise awareness of and to concretely address the impacts of policies on the youth and the community.
UKPC -ON is also a member of UKPC National, the establishment of which is a testament to the growing strength of the organizing work of its local organizations and the need to further coordinate and advance this work on a national level. This national formation advances the entitlement of future generations to fully take root and reclaim the Filipino Canadian community’s rightful place in Canadian society.
MINING INJUSTICE SOLIDARITY NETWORK
The Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN) is a Toronto-based activist group that organizes to draw attention to and resist the negligent practices of Canadian mining companies, who comprise over 75% of mining businesses worldwide. In solidarity with affected communities and in response to their calls for support, we:
Educate… the Canadian public on mining injustices in Canada and around the world.
Advocate… for stronger community control of mining practices, and in support of self-determination in mining-affected areas.
Agitate… against corporate impunity and in support of substantive regulatory change.
In the spring, we attend mining company annual general meetings to present statements from impacted communities, while simultaneously holding protests outside challenging the company’s narratives. During the rest of the year, we hold film screenings, educational events, speaking tours and workshops to raise awareness of mining injustice. We also respond to calls from impacted communities for support. This fall, we are launching a research project tracking violence committed by Canadian mining companies around the world. We are looking for long-term volunteers for this project to do research on a particular country. If you are interested in getting involved in any of these activities (or have ideas of your own), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hold new volunteer orientations on a regular basis.
PRISONER CORRESPONDENCE PROJECT TORONTO
Prisoner Correspondence Project Toronto is a small collective that coordinates a penpal program, connecting queer, gay and trans people who are in prisons with queer, gay and trans people on the outside. In addition, we coordinate a resource library (which is currently being revamped). Our collective is made up entirely of queer, gay and trans people, with various intersecting identities including racialized, disabled, survivors, working class, and more. While the Montreal collective has been around for longer, the Toronto chapter has been organizing for around 4 years.
We aim to make prisoner justice and prisoner solidarity a priority within queer and trans movements on the outside. This is a project for queer, gay and trans communities both on the inside and the outside. Our hope is that people from these communities benefit from the project by:
STUDENTS AGAINST ISRAELI APARTHEID
Who are we?
Students’ Against Israeli Apartheid is a Palestine solidarity network of students, faculty, and community members that works to raise awareness on and off campus about Palestinian struggle for self-determination, Israeli Apartheid, and Canada’s complicity in Israel’s apartheid policies. We support the Palestinian civil society’s 2005 call for Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel until it ends its occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands, dismantles the wall, gives full and equal rights to Palestinians within Israel and respects the right of return for all Palestinian refugees.
To work towards these goals, SAIA organizes workshops, lectures, actions and film screenings throughout the year, including the International Week Against the Wall, and the annual international conference Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). SAIA also works to challenge U of T’s complicity with Israeli violations of international law through its ongoing divestment campaign.
SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
SURJ is an international network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through
community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial
majority for justice with passion and accountability. As white people, we are also settlers and visitors to Turtle
Island, and commit to working towards decolonization and indigenous sovereignty. We work to connect people
across Turtle Island while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice and decolonization
organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.
TORONTO STREET MEDICS
Toronto Street Medics are people who view health as a strategic resource for all struggles for justice and dignity. We believe that health and healthcare is political. We believe people’s health is impacted by systems of capitalism, racism, heteropatriarchy, ableism and ongoing colonization. So while we continue our struggle for a world free of oppression, and joyful with justice, we have come together to support those on the frontlines fighting for justice for us all. We will be providing preventative health care, emergency first aid and aftercare to those engaging in direct actions and different forms of mobilization in the Greater Toronto Area. We will provide care to all in attendance according to our abilities and regardless of an individual’s choice of tactics. We also aim to provide street medic training to communities on the frontlines of resistance, and prioritize Indigenous, Black, queer and trans people of colour struggles.
WOMEN’S COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR A FREE WALLMAPU
The Women’s Coordinating Committee For a Free Wallmapu [Toronto] is an indigenous Mapuche grassroots organization based in Toronto, Turtle Island.
Our goal is to link the struggles of indigenous sovereignty (specifically the Mapuche Peoples of so-called southern $hile) with that of other indigenous, anti-capitalist/anti-colonial, community based struggles across Turtle Island, by creating awareness through events, protests, publications, etc….
We work to build our communities and solidarity across different struggles in the hope of seeing our Mapuche Territory in liberation.